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How We Tested Slacklines

Tuesday January 29, 2019

Whether you're camping in the desert, hanging out at your local park, or looking to improve your balance, slacklining is a fun, challenging, and readily transportable outside activity. But, with so many different options on the market, how do you pick the best slackline? We tested 10 of the most popular kits on the market today. We rigged them in different types of parks, around trees and posts, and put all different types of folks on the line, from brand new walkers to professional slackers. We rigged them, walked on them, tore them down, rigged them again, bounced on them, tightened them to near failure, intentionally made mistakes during setups and takedowns, and rigged and walked them again (and again).

After a multitude of testing environments and over a mile of webbing walked, we rounded out the best uses of each of these kits. We timed how long it took to rig, making all the mistakes possible following sometimes complicated rigging instructions. We rated each product for its versatility, ease of setup, quality, the safety of disassembly, the durability of the materials, and the price. We used these criteria in order to select our Editors' Choice award winner as well as our Top Pick and Best Buy.

Libby Sauter high above the water in Thailand. With years of experience slacklining all over the world  we bring you the definitive guide in choosing the very best line for your needs.
Libby Sauter high above the water in Thailand. With years of experience slacklining all over the world, we bring you the definitive guide in choosing the very best line for your needs.